Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lady Mondegreen is reunited with her Knight

William Safire, the unofficial arbiter of the English language, died last week. You can read appreciations here and here.

The first Safire column I remember reading was his January 23, 1994 column, "Return of the Modegreens." Read the whole thing; it will make you laugh.

Here's one he missed: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising." The next time you hear the song, pay attention to the chorus: "Don't go around tonight,/Well, it's bound to take your life,/There's a bad moon on the rise." Now you tell me, isn't he really singing: "There's a bathroom on the right?"

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